Anatomy of a protoplanetary disk

Anatomy of a protoplanetary disk: As fine dust particles clump together deep inside the protoplanetary disk, ultraviolet radiation from a neaby hot star eats away at the disk. The outer portions of the gas bubble are then heated and removed by energetic ultraviolet radiation. Material falling from the disk toward the central object fuels twin gas jets.



Ann Feild (STScI)

About the Image

NASA press release
Release date:26 April 2001, 20:00
Size:2400 x 2000 px

About the Object

Name:Protoplanetary disk
Type:Unspecified : Star : Circumstellar Material : Disk : Protoplanetary

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